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Improve your Spotlight searches with search operators

Jan 6, 2010 - 8 Comments

If you know the file type of a document you are looking for, you can pre-qualify search results by using operators within Spotlight. As you can see in the screenshot, I pre-qualified my search for ‘asia’ with the PDF filetype operator, which led Spotlight to only search PDF documents for the search term. You can … Read More

Access the File Inspector with Command-Option-i

Jan 4, 2010 - 4 Comments

You can access the File Inspector, a Quicklook style version of the Get Info command, by highlighting any file and then hitting the Command+Option+i keys, this is very useful because it allows you to select other files and pull up data about them upon click/selection rather than opening another Get Info window. This behaves very … Read More

How to Get Music Off your iPod or iPhone

Jan 3, 2010 - 5 Comments

If you’ve ever needed to get music off of your iPod or iPhone and onto a different machine, then you’ll know it’s not always as easy as you’d like it to be. Let’s say you got a new computer or lost your old one, but still have your iPhone or iPod with music files on … Read More

Restore items from the Trash to their previous location on your Mac

Dec 29, 2009 - 11 Comments

You can restore the original location of a file that has been sent to the Trash very easily. Select an item in the Trash and hit the Command+Delete keys to send that item to it’s location prior to the Trash. If you’re not a fan of keystrokes, try Right-Clicking on the file within the Trash … Read More

Sync your Mac Address Book with Google Contacts

Dec 27, 2009 - 76 Comments

You can easily sync your Mac’s Address Book contacts with your Google Contacts, here’s how to do it: * Launch Address Book * Click on the “Address Book” menu and select “Preferences” * Click on the “Accounts” tab * Select the “On My Mac” under the left accounts * Check the checkbox accompanying “Synchronize with … Read More

The Ultimate Mac Repair & Disassembly Instructions Resource

Dec 24, 2009 - Leave a Comment

Looking to repair your Mac? Troubleshooting hardware problems on your Mac? Planning a do-it-yourself battery replacement with a Unibody MacBook Pro? How do you change the harddrive on a 20″ aluminum iMac? If it involves dissembling a Mac and putting it back together, there is no better resource than iFixIt, who has the single most … Read More

Type Foreign Currency Symbols in Mac OS X

Dec 20, 2009 - 7 Comments

You can access and type foreign currency symbols in Mac OS X in much the same way that other special characters are typed out. That means you’ll use a keystroke combined with the “Option” key to type the respective character. A few common currency symbols are available on default keyboard layouts, including the $ dollar, … Read More

Change the Login Background Wallpaper on your Mac

Dec 19, 2009 - 11 Comments

If you want to change the wallpaper that sits in the background of your Mac’s login screen, from the Finder hit Command+Shift+G to open the ‘Go to Folder’ screen. Type /System/Library/CoreServices/ and click ‘Go’: Next, find the image file called ‘DefaultDesktop.jpg’ – you should save a copy of this somewhere safe, or rename it to … Read More

Batch Resize Images on Mac with Preview

Dec 16, 2009 - 28 Comments

You can easily batch resize groups of images within Mac OS X by using the included Preview app, that is, taking a group of pictures set at one or various resolutions, and collectively resize them all together in a group to a new resolution, outputting either as the same file or as a new file … Read More

Reset your lost Mac OS X password

Dec 14, 2009 - 6 Comments

You can reset a lost Administrator (the original account you created) password in Mac OS X by utilizing a Mac OS X installation DVD, here’s how: * Insert the Mac OS X DVD into your Mac’s DVD drive * Restart the Mac and hold down the ‘C’ key to boot from the DVD * You’ll … Read More

How to type Degree Temperature Symbol in Mac OS X

Dec 12, 2009 - 20 Comments

You can insert the degree temperature symbol into any Mac OS X app by hitting the following key command: Option+Shift+8 produced one like this: Temperature Symbol: 85° Option+K types a symbol like this: Degree Symbol: 24˚ As you can see the symbols are slightly different but I couldn’t tell you why or what for, so … Read More

Clear Cookies in Safari on a Mac

Dec 10, 2009 - 6 Comments

Knowing how to clear cookies is pretty important for any number of reasons, be it for personal preference or troubleshooting issues with websites. You may be wondering how to remove cookies on a Mac running the Safari web browser, and that is exactly what we’ll show how to do. This process is actually handled slightly … Read More

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